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Pirates of the Chemotherapy

Pirates of the Chemotherapy
by Paul Schutte
Director: Chris Weidenbacher

Reader's Theater presentation to support
the Wellness Center of Door County
October 26-28, 2012 --
... Wellness Center of Door County,
... 312 N. Fifth Ave.
... Sturgeon Bay
Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 PM
Sun. at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Open House / Facilities Tour one half-hour before Reading

*Northern Door performance added!*
October 30, 2012 --
... Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County,
... 10341 Water St.
... Ephraim
Tues. at 7:30 PM

"Cancer tries to bring you down; Laughter lifts you up.
..... ...Fortunately, only one is Contagious!"

Wellness Center of Door County

Judith is a busy soccer mom who finally stops putting off that mammogram only to find that she now has stage 3 cancer. She reluctantly attends a Breast Cancer Support Group during chemotherapy treatments, and fights to hold on to her old life while cancer and the support group tug her in new directions. Moving yet hilarious, the show chronicles the women's diverse personalities and their failures and triumphs as they learn to work together to deal with problems within the group. The women unite to contend with more than just their cancer and the disease’s side effects. They band together to take on life, and in the process they find new meaning for their lives through love and laughter. The show underlines the tremendous and relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors.  "Cancer is nothing to laugh about – but you can choose to laugh at it!”

Written in 2009, Paul Schutte’s Pirates of the Chemotherapy won the Audience Choice award for Best Play at the Smithfield Little Theater One Act Festival.  Schutte expanded the show to two acts, and explains that he got the idea for the play when he noticed a friend with breast cancer who was undergoing chemotherapy. She was wearing a scarf over her bald head, and hoop earrings, and they reminded him of a pirate’s outfit. “It stuck in my head. After researching the topic, I realized what an apt metaphor pirates were for breast cancer survivors. They have lost parts of them like pirates (a hook for a hand, a peg for a leg and a patch covering an eye), and they fight fierce battles.”

Seating is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. A free-will donation will be gladly accepted; 50% of all proceeds with be given to the Wellness Center of Door County to support their cancer screening and women's health programs.

More Information... ......

Door County Reads

DOOR COUNTY READS 2013 - Jan. 21 through Feb. 15

As Bees In Honey Drown
by Douglas Carter Beane
Director: Ross Dippel

Readers' Theater presentation as part of 2013 Door County Reads events
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM --
...Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay

Defined by the media as the "hot-young" thing-of-the-moment, debut author Evan Wyler captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a black-clad woman of mystery who's made the world of celebrity her home. In fact, it's her religion. Maybe she's a record producer, maybe she's a film agent; what is clear is that she wants Evan to write the screenplay of her life story. As Alexa puts it: "You're not the person you were born—who wonderful is?" Simply spend time with her, she insists, and he'll learn all he needs to know. To Evan, it's like an invitation into the world of Auntie Mame, Sally Bowles and Holly Golightly all rolled into one.  But once Evan fools himself into believing he loves Alexa, she vanishes, leaving him to foot the bill for all the dinners and Armani suits they've gone through. Trying to solve the mystery of Alexa's disappearance, Evan discovers a chain of people who have fallen similarly under her spell and acted as her uwitting meal tickets du jour. Can Evan and the rest of Alexa's discarded "discoveries" corner the elusive mountebank and enjoy a bit of retribution?

"A delicious soufflé of a satire…[an] extremely entertaining fable for an age that always chooses image over substance." —NY Times.

For mature audiences.



Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them
by Christopher Durang
Director: Henry C. Timm

May 17-19 & 24-26, 2013 -- Ephraim Village Hall
Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 PM, Sun. at 2:00 PM

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." Why
                    Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love ThemWhy Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

"Though it tackles and practically tickles to death subjects that are sensitive to the point of rawness
just now, the production has a healthier heart and conscience than many a more pious play.
..... -NY Times

Descriptions of violence & sex, strong laguage: For Mature Audiences Only


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